What We’re Reading: Reducing Poverty, Reconnecting Communities, and Vision Zero USA


Reducing poverty: Federal assistance over the past year has led to a huge drop in poverty across demographics, but particularly for children ($).

Dirty school buses: Americans want green school buses, but the new federal funding plans cut them back.

Missing middle VA: Greater Greater Washington looks at how missing middle housing could be brought to Virginia.

Social housing stances: What are Seattle’s mayoral candidates saying about social housing?

The Guardians: Cleveland’s baseball team is taking on the name of Art Deco statues on a city bridge.

Meet KCRHA’s ED: Erica C. Barnett interviews Marc Dones, new leader of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority.

Deadly heatwave: The recent West Coast heatwave led to many birds dying from exhaustion and some jumping to their death ($).

Tax flexibility: Strong Towns argues that cities need more flexibility in how they are able to tax.

Progress report: What does the Seattle homelessness progress report tell us?

Accountability?: What are Washington’s new police accountability laws doing and not doing?

Recall sagas: What’s happening with the recall campaign of Councilmember Kshama Sawant?

The IBR: Regional officials are arguing that climate framework language is too weak for the planned I-5 Columbia River bridge replacement.

Indoor air quality: With heatwaves and wildfires, is Seattle headed for an indoor air quality crisis?

Reconnecting communities: Bloomberg Citylab looks at what reconnecting Black communities harmed by highways means.

Advancing fair housing: Bloomberg Citylab looks at how the federal government could use fair housing rules to address residential segregation created by evictions.

ADU boom: The accessory dwelling unit reform movement has spread to the Boston area.

Micromobility: In Seattle, Wheels e-bikes can now be accessed via the Lime app.

Going fare-free: Could permanent fare-free transit come to Raleigh?

No “bad” neighborhoods: Strong Towns argues that people and communities need to stop buying into the “bad” neighborhood narrative because it is harmful and self-fulfilling.

Cargo trike: Bike Portland reports that a Portland cargo trike delivery company saved nearly 40,000 gallons of gas in 2020.

23rd Avenue improvements: Additional improvements are coming to 23rd Avenue.

Wildlife highway crossings: California is planning to spend $61 million on wildlife highway crossings.

Bad deal: Some argue that the new infrastructure deal is the worst for transit since Nixon.

Too much policing: A new report suggests that police don’t make transit safer and that many agencies could do better with fewer officers.

Vision Zero USA: A new national Vision Zero resolution has been introduced in Congress.

Bike Oregon: Oregon has a new plan for its premier coastal bike route.

Deadly emissions: The Guardian shares a dire warning about increased carbon emissions have on direct premature deaths of people.

Paris, a star: Sightline examines how Paris is doing a good job of housing people and doing it affordably.

Design approval: A new eight-story mixed-use building in Capitol Hill has gotten design review approval.

Deadly vehicles: SUVs are heavily responsible for the growing deaths of pedestrians.

Don’t be Denton: Denton, Texas is planning to ditch most of its bus routes for the microtransit fallacy.

NEC plans: A new plan for rail improvements to the Northeast Corridor looks out 15 years.

Returning: Bay Area workers are starting to trickle back as the pandemic lifts ($).

LRT woes: Minneapolis’ Southwest light rail project is experiencing cost increases and delays.

Examining housing policy: Sightline digs into the numbers on what might get built as a result of reformed zoning in Portland.

Big bucks: The Stranger highlights how Representative Adam Smith is bringing in the bucks for affordable housing.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.